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Tips to Successfully Train Your Dog

Whether you adopted a new puppy for the holidays, or made a resolution to finally teach your dog some manners, training your dog is the perfect way to ward off the winter blues. January is National Train Your Dog Month, so why not teach your pooch some new tricks instead of binging on a new [...]

Holiday Hazards: How to Protect Your Pet

The holidays should be all about spreading good cheer, eating delicious food, and making memories with friends and family—not about an emergency veterinary visit for your furry pal. However, cats and dogs don’t pay attention to safety lessons when tempted by shiny objects, tasty food, and other holiday dangers. As a pet parent, you must [...]

The Perils of Pancreatitis in Pets

Pancreatitis is a painful and potentially life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. At Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we see an increase in pancreatitis cases during the holiday season, and we want you to know more about the disease, what to watch for, and how to avoid pancreatitis in your pet.  What is the pancreas? The pancreas [...]

Chocolate and Pets: A Dangerous Combination

Americans consume an average of 10 pounds of chocolate per year, which totals more than three billion pounds! With so much chocolate around, it is no surprise that chocolate ingestion is one of the top four reasons pet owners call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline. More than 24,000 people call this hotline for chocolate-related [...]

The 5 W’s of Wellness Care for Pets

Routine wellness care is a vital component of your pet’s health care regimen. Nothing is more effective at staving off preventable illnesses and conditions than regular exams and discussions regarding your pet’s ever-changing health. Let’s take a closer look at this essential care for a happy, healthy pet, by diving into the five W’s of [...]

The Basics of Feline Healthcare: It’s More Important Than You Think

Did you know that 83% of cats visit the veterinarian before their first birthday, but more than 50% don’t return until they become sick or are in pain, according to one study? Most cat owners clearly understand the importance of the initial kitten appointments and vaccinations, but many skip out on important preventive care as [...]

Lumps and Bumps On Pets: When to Make a Mountain Out of a Molehill

You are stroking your pet’s silky fur while relaxing on the couch, when your hand stumbles across a small, firm lump. Instantly, your mind goes to “the big C”—cancer. While some lumps and bumps can indicate a cancerous tumor, not all masses are malignant. In fact, many lumps are benign and, although they may grow, [...]

The Importance of Flea and Tick Prevention for Your Pet

Summer is heating up, and parasites are making their presence known. While capable of surfacing from their hiding places anytime the temperature rises above freezing, fleas and ticks enjoy warmer temperatures much more, and will venture forth in search of their next meal, and make a snack out of your pet. Seasonal changes also stimulate [...]

5 Facts About Cranial Cruciate Disease in Pets

The cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL), also known as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), is an incredibly important knee-joint component found in the hind limb of our four-legged friends. The ligament provides stability and range of motion in this high-impact joint, so a CrCL injury results in limping, pain and, eventually, chronic changes such as osteoarthritis. [...]

Taking Your Pet to Work

You are still at work on a Friday afternoon, when this pops up on your computer screen: Memo to all employees:  June 22 to 26 is Take Your Pet to Work Week. We believe having your pet at work will have many potential benefits, and we encourage you, our valued employee, to join us in [...]